Banes Volunteer Services Survey
We are trying to find out about the extent of volunteering in Bath and North East Somerset. Do you currently volunteer or have you chosen not to? We would like to hear from all people whether they volunteer or not and would really appreciate it if you could fill in a short survey on the topic.
Have no time to volunteer?
Heather is suggesting ways to fit in volunteering if you think your schedule is too full to spare the time
What a wonderful idea
The @LinkAgeNetwork and @St_Monica_Trust have launched an ACE Neighbours programme in Keynsham. ACE Neighbours matches volunteers (aged 60+) with older isolated adults (aged 65+) who want to get out more often. To volunteer or refer somebody visit https://www.linkagenetwork.org.uk/projects/ace-neighbours/
Free Dementia Awareness Information Event
Delivered by Dementia Friends, this engaging information session aims to make people more aware of the nature of dementia and the challenges faced by those living with the condition, and their carers.
This is an accessible course that is suitable for all volunteers, or anyone hoping to develop a greater understanding to help others.
For more information:
Struggling to exercise and lose weight? Participate in our study and let us help.
An interesting opportunity for anyone local that is:
- male or post-menopausal female
- aged between 40 and 65 years
- have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 25 and 40 kg/m2 (calculate your BMI)
- currently not exercising regularly
- have a waist size of more than 80 cm if you are female or more than 94 cm if you are male
Follow link for more information:
Can you inspire children about our wonderful waterways?
Work with the Trust
Avon Wildlife Trust is to looking for a new Trustee to build a diverse and inclusive Board that reflects communities in Avon. So if you are 18+ and would like to use your skills and experience to help us help wildlife, then they would love to hear from you.https://t.co/q6tgYwdzpF
Community Challenge 2018
Check out the photographs of our wonderful volunteers from each of our Community Challenges taking place throughout Bath & North East Somerset during June, is your employer encouraging you to take part! We’re all smiling!
Age UK B&NES needs new trustees
Are you interested older people and the issues they face? If so Age UK Bath & North East Somerset would like to hear from you.
The local independent charity, which works with and for older people across Bath and North East Somerset, needs new trustees to join its board.
The charity supports around 12,000 older people, their families and carers every year, with essential services to promote a healthy, happy and satisfying later life, and needs new trustees to help guide its direction. The charity is particularly keen to hear from people with experience of fundraising / income generation.
Chair of the Trustees Board, Nicola Gregson, said: “We’re looking for new people with drive and ambition to help us respond to the increasing demands of providing services to older people. We need trustees who can think creatively and help us develop new ways of raising essential funds. Someone who could lead on organising an annual fundraising and profile-building event would be a great addition to the board.
“An interest in helping older people and experience of fundraising, events or running a business would be fantastic but what’s most important is passion, ideas, good connections within your local community and experience of working in or with a charity.”
Trustees need to be available for at least four meetings a year and one or two workshops, as well as for occasional informal meetings.
“We are very flexible and try to hold our meetings at times that suit the whole board – at the moment they are held at 5pm in Bath, but we are happy to look at different timings and locations, having some spare time during the day would be helpful” says Nicola Gregson. “You may be employed, part-time employed or retired – whatever stage in life you are at we would like to hear from you. Just contact me or our chief executive Janet for an informal chat,”
To find out more or for an informal chat please contact Janet Dabbs or Nicola Gregson – email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com / 01225 466135
You can also find out more on the website www.ageukbanes.co.uk, and follow Age UK B&NES on Facebook and Twitter:
www.facebook.com/AgeUkBathAndNorthEastSomerset or @AgeUKBathNES
Children’s Summer Reading Challenge
We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic volunteers age 16+ to help in all of the Bath & North East Somerset Libraries this summer with Children’s #SummerReadingChallenge2018.
For more information: https://bit.ly/2FErYKl
GDPR – useful information for charities
Below is a link to a Guardian article which is a clear and simple starting point for charities. Definitely worth reading.
Here is a comprehensive free guide to GDPR for charities. This seems to cover everything.CFG266 Data protection_AW
Did you know that volunteering is good for you? And here is why…
Summer volunteering opportunities
Bath Area Play Project have coming up over the summer holidays, including numerous projects working indoors and outdoors throughout Bath and N.E Somerset with young people and children, helping them to have a fun filled summer!
Dates for projects are: 24th July – 23rd of August and we are looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer to help out. You can find out more information on our website:https://bit.ly/2s4LNGX
Volunteer Gardener for Alzheimer’s Society
If you have are a keen gardener and want to improve the lives of people with dementia, we have a role for you. Our Day Centre in Kingswood, Bristol, is seeking a volunteer gardener who can offer 3-4 hours each week, Mon-Fri.
The main tasks are:
* Tending the gardens – bushes, plants and flowers, weeding, pruning, digging, planting, watering, brushing/clearing pathways.
* Cutting grass lawns.
* Disposing of cuttings and other items according to local procedures.
Relevant Person’s Representative Volunteer
The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative is to support clients who lack capacity – either due to dementia, brain injury or learning difficulty; to ensure their best interests are safeguarded and advocating on their behalf.
– Advocating on behalf of the client
– Assisting reviews of their care plan
– Safeguarding best interests.
Find out more:https://bit.ly/2KNjHHl
Foxhill Play Ranger Volunteer
We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic volunteer. We currently hold a community play session for children aged 5-13 in the Foxhill area of Bath. All of our sessions are child led. We are ideally looking for somebody who can give up the same couple of hours each week. In return we can offer training, support and references for future job opportunities.
We are looking for an individual that may have a particular interest and would like to share it with the young people we work with. For example; cooking, sports, arts and craft, listening to the young people etc. It would also be great to get people form the local area involved as it really helps build community spirit!
Find out more:https://bit.ly/2GHEauq
Do you enjoy reading out loud?
We have a group of residents in our nursing wing who have asked for a reading group, we are looking for a volunteer to take on this role? could it be you … it will help make a big difference and there are enthusiastic listeners waiting to hear your reading voice at Greenhill House Timsbury. Saturday afternoons 2.30 – 3.30pm
Is this one for you?: Find out more:https://bit.ly/2J0KaUr
Museum of Bath Stone have an opportunity for someone who would like to become a Treasurer/Trustee
The stone from the mines and quarries of Combe Down built most of Bath and has also been used as far afield as Cape Town in South Africa. The museum charts the history of the stone from its geological formation to its subsequent use. The historic and cultural significance of Combe Down is described as well as the influence of the stone on its development.
Our aim is to provide a stimulating environment, accessible and understandable to all ages and levels of education, where all aspects of this heritage can be explored and studied.
The treasurer will be responsible for the general financial oversight; financial reporting to the trustees and statutory bodies; financial planning and budgeting plus banking, book-keeping and record-keeping.
The best fit would be someone who enjoys a challenge and will bring their financial expertise to bear on developing this little gem. An interest in the rich history of Combe Down village and its stone would be beneficial. To find out more:https://bit.ly/2ICnfzx
Room Guides for American Museum In Bath
If you love history, and would like to volunteer at one of Bath’s most spectacular venues, why not join us as a room guide. Full training will be given – you just need a confident, outgoing personality and a desire to learn – oh, and be free a couple of afternoons a month. Join our friendly team, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun! Then you may like to become a Room Guide for the American Museum in Bath.
Shop Volunteer for The Woodwork Project
The Woodworks Project is looking for enthusiastic, friendly and committed individuals to volunteer in our Woodworks Shop, located in central Bath. Our volunteers at the Woodworks Shop make a genuine difference to the success of The Woodworks Project. Our shop provides a valuable funding stream to enable us to continue providing workshop projects, a tangible end point for our service user’s work, and serves as the public face of our charity, it’s therefore a vital part of our organisation. Find out more:
We love to hear how we are doing, as we are proud of the service we offer to both volunteers and volunteer involving organisations, so please let us now by taking our simply survey.
I am a volunteer involving organisation using the Banes Volunteer Services: please take the survey
I am a volunteer using the Banes Volunteer Services: please take the survey
Our May edition of Community Matters Newsletter
We’re striving to encourage greater inclusion in volunteering.
We want volunteering to be a rewarding experience that can be enjoyed by everyone in Bath and North East Somerset regardless of their background, identity or personal circumstances.
If you are a Volunteering Involving Organisation in Bath and North East Somerset why not check out our latest newsletter:
It’s Mental Health Awareness week
So we would like you help to spread the word so as more people are aware of this wonderful free resource which is available.
Please watch this short film to hear from Michael, Hazel and Kim – customers of the Wellbeing House. The Wellbeing House provides a retreat for those experiencing mental health distress. It’s a place where people can receive support to help them stabilise themselves and prevent a crisis. The house itself is a three-bedroom property located in Bath.
And then share it or tell someone about it we can make a difference!
Wow – over 400 volunteers clean up three tonnes of rubbish during spring clean event
Community groups across Bath and North East Somerset got to grips with the litter during March, battling snowy weather, to do their bit.
In Stanton Drew volunteers tackled the whole parish with the support of 36 adults and children, filling a total of 15 bags. Community-minded pupils from Stanton Drew Primary School made a poster which will eventually go on litter bins within the parish.
Twerton Infant School collected 18 bags of litter in just one hour, celebrating their efforts with home baked cakes, courtesy of George Samios, the headteacher.
Over in Westmoreland, more than 55 children and adults, including 13 volunteers from McDonald’s, helped to clear their local area, starting from three separate locations and finishing at McDonald’s in Lower Bristol Road, where they were rewarded with hot drinks, apple pies and fruit bags for helping to clear up at least 30 bags of litter.
In Keynsham, 61 volunteers turned up to help the Keynsham Wombles, and there was special praise for the enthusiasm of the local Beavers group.
The Keynsham Wombles estimated that they cleared at least 80 bags before finishing off at the bowls club for tea and mountains of cake.
Julie Sampson, from the Saltford Wombles, said: “We met for our regular monthly litter pick and had a great turnout with 13 people out picking. Between us we collected 16 bags of rubbish from along the A4 from Pixash along to the Turnpike.
“As well as the usual takeaway boxes, coffee cups, plastic bottles and sweet wrappers, some of the stranger items we found were a VW badge, a full jar of face cream, one wellington boot and a golf ball.”
Harriette Dottridge, from Compton Dandom, said: “We have even had to remove a fridge from a stream and found odd pieces of cars which could have easily been disposed of via Bath and North East Somerset Council recycling centre.”
For many of these volunteers, the Great British Spring Clean is only one event in a regular schedule of litter picking.
Councillor Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down), cabinet member for neighbourhoods and development, said: “Littering is a thoughtless activity that makes places looks ugly and pollutes the local and wider environment.
“However it is encouraging that across Bath and North East Somerset there are so many great volunteers who frequently pick up litter, whether it be as part of their routine, by adopting a local street or area or by meeting regularly to tackle particular hotspots.”
Karen Wood, from Twerton, said: “Apart from the Great British Spring Clean many of those who do this regularly go out walking collecting rubbish as we go. I collect two bags most weeks and plan to continue to keep the community where I live free from rubbish.”
Residents in Widcombewest, who spent the Great British Spring Clean clearing snow and a whole array of debris left behind by people who’d gone out sledging, also clear Holloway and the subway nearly every week as part of their Keep Bath Tidy group.
Councillor Goodman added: “The number of groups and volunteers that took part in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean is a testament to the willingness of the residents of Bath and North East Somerset to take care of the local and wider environment.
“Bath & North East Somerset Council would like to say well done and thank you to everyone who takes the effort to make their neighbourhood a nicer place to live.
“As we’re learning more and more, litter can be a serious hazard for our natural environment and even litter dropped locally can be blown and washed away by our rivers, ending up many miles away and polluting our seas.
“Every piece of litter that’s picked up is one less piece that can spoil the world we live in.”
Would you like to join our local Citizens’ Panel?
It’s a group of residents who help shape services by offering their views and insight into what matters to them, and what their priorities are. The Citizens’ Panel has been set up to enable people who use services, carers and residents of Bath and North East Somerset to have a say about how health and related services can be improved, so that everyone can feel happier, healthier and more in control.
Read more: https://bit.ly/2rLZo4O